Investing in Internet Security Companies

Internet security is one of the biggest problems facing government and business activity. Companies are trying to finds ways of securing incoming and outgoing data over networks with confidence that their systems run seamlessly without threats from hacking or breakdowns caused by malware and virus attacks. Hacking into government and private networks has become an increasingly serious issue and shows no signs of abating. The result has been a whole new industry devoted to Internet security. It has been growing by leaps and bounds and has provided investors with stellar returns. In this segment we examine the leaders in the field. They include:

Verisign (VRSN) Recent Price $53.76 52 Week High/low is $55.00/$32.81. EPS is 2.10. Price Earnings Ratio is 24.24. Market Cap. Is $8.10 B.
Verisign provides domain name registration, digital certificates, global registry and payments services, critical web identity authentication and transaction infrastructure for online businesses to establish their web identity and conduct secure e-commerce business and communication.

Fortinet (FTNT) Recent Price is $20.27. 52 Week High/Low is $25.35/$16.47 EPS is .35 PE Ratio 65.13 Market Cap is 3.26 B.
Fortinet provides network security appliance and Unified Threat Management and network security to government and businesses worldwide. Tools include firewalls, virtual private networking, antivirus intrusion prevention, web filtering, antispam and wide area network acceleration. In addition it provides protection against dynamic security threats without impacting network performance.

Sourcefire (FIRE) Recent Price $75.96. 52 Week High/Low is $75.99/$38.50 EPS is .15 PE Ratio is 506.40 Market Cap is $2.37 B.
Source fire is a world leader in Enterprise Threat Management solutions. The company is transforming the way government agencies manage and minimize network security risks. They use a 3D approach: Discover, Determine and Defend, protecting assets before, during and after an attack.

Checkpoint (CHKP) Recent Price $52.82 52 Week High/Low is $62.32/$42.90 EPS is 3.07 PE Ratio is 18.66 Market Cap is $11.50 B.
Checkpoint is a leading provider of policy based enterprise security and traffic management. With its patented Stateful Inspection technology, it delivers Secure Enterprise Connectivity that protects assets and enhances performance of enterprise networks.

Palo Alto Networks PANW) Recent Price is $43.85 52 Week High/Low is $62.91/$39.08. EPS is .29 Market Cap. Is $3.12 B
Palo Alto Networks provides a network security platform that allows enterprise’s service providers and government agencies to secure their networks. Their firewall delivers natively integrated applications, user and content visibility and control through operating system and software architecture.

This discussion is neither a recommendation to buy nor to sell the above stocks. You must always do your own diligent research.

We close this segment with a mind-blowing innovation by Intel. Intel’s new vPro processor can access your computer EVEN WHEN IT IS TURNED OFF! It can configure, diagnose, isolate and repair infected PCs remotely.
The Core vPro processor has a second processor embedded within the main processor that has its own operating system embedded on the chip.
All you need is a working power supply. It can be woken up by the Core vPro that run’s on the system’s phantom power and is able to turn on individual hardware components and ACCESS ANYTHING on them. Now, how’s that for privacy!

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